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campaign. he seems to lack the dramatic comedic asian skills of fdr, reagan or clinton. obama frequently comes across as a teacher, or as a motivator, not a motivator. he fails then too, frequently to excite and motivate. although he currently isn't doing bad and the current campaign. there's a reason article in a sunday edition of "the new york times" entitled obama plays to win in politics and everything else. the author paints a picture of obama that gives a still greater insight into him, and how he might function as a second term president. i'm quoting now from that article. four years ago, barack obama seems as if he might be a deliver a professor of the leader. maybe with a touch of hawaiian mellowness. he has turned out to be a for graciously competitive perfectionist. aides and friends say so in interviews. mr. obama's own words of praise say it best. he is a perpetually aspiring overachiever. as he faces off with mitt romney, mr. obama wilson to win in fear of losing. is in overdrive. he is cramming for debates against an opponent he has called ineffective, raising money and a
gergen, he's seen presidential change from nixon to clinton. you've been writing about the obamas since they first came into office. the role that michelle obama plays for president obama in the white house, what is that role and how has it changed, if any? >> it's about the overall vision, this is not a first lady who bursts into the west wing saying, we have to do this and this and this policy. >> i heard she's rarely seen. >> rarely seen, the constructive thing to remember, is that she never wanted her husband to be a politician. and if he was going to be a politician, she didn't want him to become a regular politician. they talk a lot about getting past the washington noise, about why they came to washington. what they wanted to accomplish. early in the administration there was some tension over that, because she had one idea over what kind of president her husband should be, and some advisers had another. that has softened now, but we still see from her this kind of defining aspect, it's almost like she's the guardian of the ultimate obama mission. this is what you're here to do, h
by president clinton who desperately wanted to, and it wasn't healed by president bush. it has not been healed by president barack obama. you run the country with the climate you have not what you want. >> he should be ruthless? >> i think he has to pursue his agenda the way president lincoln did, with -- yes, with relentless commitment but, of course, he'll say -- presidents have to be unifying figures, but i think the central political miscalculation was he actually thought his mere presence would -- >> when the president is talking about unity and working together tomorrow paul begala is going to be saying yadda, yadda, yadda in his head. do you agree? >> well, i think the more eloquent way to say this, is i think he needs to say that he wants unity. but not unity at all costs, there's something more important than people just getting together in this town. there are people hurting in towns across america. he has to show the willingness to work with anybody, but also the willingness to work against anybody who stops him from doing a good job as president of the united states. >> southbouisn
to be his biggest partner on the world stage. we are so proud of hillary clinton. president obama trusts women and women can trust president obama. we have reason to feel good about where we stand today. with the movements like the one we have built together we have reason to aim high in the years to come. last cycle we more than quintupled its the size of our community. we were using technology to open our doors to another generation of women and men where we meet up. we are reaching them where they are, helping them understand what is at stake and adding their voices to our movement. i am proud to say that emily's list is now more than 2 million members strong. let's make it 5 million. let's do it. listt to see emily's expand to the next cycle. i literally mean right now. immediately. there are donor cards at your table and candidates who need to now. we are in the business of winning elections. i have been in that business awhile now. i have opened a lot of envelops from emily's list of donors. i have seen a lot. i have accepted speeches and i have helped make a few republicans give t
. democrats hold convention. obama holds clinton. campaign push. presidential debate. presidential dud. >> it's now four years later.
. >> reporter: supreme court holds obamacare is constitutional. democrats hold convention. obama holds clinton. campaign push. presidential debate. presidential dud. >> it's now four years later. we still have trillion dollar deficits. >> reporter: presidential improvement. >> i don't look at my pension, and it's not as big as yours. so it doesn't take as long. >> reporter: presidential victory. a time to look back at sports teams, disaster, promises kept, most troops out of iraq, sports teams, disaster. upheaval. gadhafi dead. sports teams, sports teams, promises broken. guantanamo still open. disaster, tragedy. ft. hood, tucson. >> our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. >> reporter: colorado, newtown. >> for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> reporter: fiscal debate, fiscal discord, fiscal destiny. sports teams, sports teams, sports teams. >> now, where were we? >> reporter: we were here, j
, we join president barack obama, secretary of state hillary rodham clinton, democratic leader nancy pelosi and expensive network of people in saluting ambassador chris stevens who will be remembered for his strong sense of dignity, his humility and his generous service to others. he will be truly missed by all who loved him and by all he served throughout the magnitude of his life's work. thank you for this honor. [applause] >>> members of christopher stevens family, ladies and gentlemen, let me first thank chris stevens' brothers and sisters for their warm and delightful insights into what he was really like. thank you so much. that was fantastic what you did for us. christopher stevens was obviously an extraordinary human being and contributor. every year at stanford we have a group of what we call national security fellows come. they were roughly army, navy, air force, state department. a couple weeks ago we had a meeting and the first person i called on was an army colonel. i said where were you last? he said in libya. i said did you know christopher stevens? he said everybody k
obama to kelly clarkson to beyonce and have permanent chills. i think bill clinton was a fan. >> they put together their own twitter handle. a lot of pictures they were taking from today. we see this one here. an audience member takes a moment to enjoy the day. this man handing out flags. oslo lot of volunteers out there. people are looking back in time. here's this date in history january 21st 1905. the inauguration day. the inauguration of teddy roosevelt. >> kinds of interesting stuff on here. people had some really interesting things to say about it to say the least. finally the one thing i know you want to know about michelle obama and her fashion today. i have this written down because >> apparently it is a tom brown coat. she also wore a tall brown dress. hyerher belt is from j. crew. i'm sure it is already sold out. i know they put up extra cell towers, it seems like they did not have a problem. >> we were talking earlier about the crowds may be being smaller than last time. of course they probably wear. we never know because i saw last tweets coming from the ina
that many people over for dinner. bill clinton and barack obama do not necessarily have to get along personally but got along professionally very well this year. it is based on how they need each other and what the circumstances are. politically, i would call, pragmatic liberals. they are not that far apart in politics. politics does strange things to people in terms of what their political needs are at that moment. there have been times they have been very far apart. when clinton's staff in particular has been very rough on obama. there are times when obama didn't want to be around clinton. this last year, it meshed perfectly. they needed each other and helped each other. >> one would argue that the democratic convention, bill clinton made the case for barack obama better than barack obama did. >> they say in a way the president could never have made for himself. they argue only clinton could say that about -- >> lot easier when you are an ex-president. >> you say it so beautifully, david, when you talk about the difference in the political behavior of bill clinton and president oba
passages like bill clinton. some presidents use two bibles like president barack obama will rest his hand on abraham lincoln's bible and martin luther king jr.'s bible. the inaugural parade is another tradition that dates back to george washington but his parade was small not the spectacle that we see today. >> it really imnated from 1904 from when roosevelt had fur trappers and out doors people. each year the parade gets better and better. >> in 1837 martin van bure fln the first to use hail to the chief. it was moved to january 20th in 1937 just in time for franklin d. roosevelt second term. ♪ at last >> the tradition started with james madison in 1909. dwight eisenhower started holding multiple parties. john f. kennedy attended five. bill clinton second inauguration holds the all time high for 14 events. harry truman was the first to have his televised. an estimated ten million americans watched. at the time it was the most watched event in history. presidents were able to broadcast their speeches to the entire nation. >> the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. >> the very tho
policy than the first term and try to forge a legacy. bill clinton did that in his second term. barack obama will try to focus more on the middle east, maybe more on syria. the most pressing issues are domestic. his voters expect him toct on that. he will attack in the first two years. history also tells us after the midterm election of a second term president start to fade away into sort of a lame duck status. >> interesting analysis there. thank you very much, max. in more international news suicide bombers and gunmen attacked afghanistan's travel police leaving three officers dead and more than three wounded. rather assault began at dawn at the entrance to the complex, the second coordinated raid in as many weeks. taliban claim responsibility. it is feared there could be more of these attacks in the months ahead as international forces prepare to withdraw. voter it is are ready to say goodbye to the chancellor's conservative government. >> it shows the social democrats and greens grabbing power with one seat majority over the christian democrats and free democrats. it is not a manda
the full circle reagan maligned government, clinton triangulated, obama laid out a vision for america. >> i want to get an average. >> i think seven. >> where were you? >> eight. howard? >> i want to top joy so 8.1. >> michael -- >> i will top all of you, it was nine inching to ten. >> i thought it was totally nonpartisan so it averages out to two. and i thought that when he talked about people who really are skeptical about government, the tea party people, he reached out to them and said some people have sort of a reasonable skepticism about what government can do. he was even nonpartisan with regard to tehran which -- >> i have to disagree. i think he did very little reaching out. >> very little. >> what he said was, look, i honor the tradition of individualism in america, and we have a yin and yang thing in this country that will go on forever. but he also said at this moment, at this time we need to stress one side of that equation. i think he used the line, we could go on with these arguments for centuries, but right now we don't have the time to argue. i think that's what he said. >>
in their second term focus more on foreign policy than the first term and try to forge a legacy. bill clinton did that in his second term. barack obama will try to focus more on the middle east, maybe more on syria. the most pressing issues are domestic. his voters expect him to act on that. he will attack in the first two years. history also tells us after the midterm election of a second term president start to fade away into sort of a lame duck status. >> interesting analysis there. thank you very much, max. in more international news suicide bombers and gunmen attacked afghanistan's travel police leaving three officers dead and more than three wounded. rather assault began at dawn at the entrance to the complex, the second coordinated raid in as many weeks. taliban claim responsibility. it is feared there could be more of these attacks in the months ahead as international forces prepare to withdraw. voter it is are ready to say goodbye to the chancellor's conservative government. >> it shows the social democrats and greens grabbing power with one seat majority over the christian democrats and
biggest partner on the world stage. we are so proud of hillary clinton. [applause] president obama trusts women and women can trust president obama. we have reason to feel good about where we stand today. with the movements like the one we have built together we have reason to aim high in the years to come. last cycle we more than quintupled the size of our community. we were using technology to open our doors to another generation of women and men where we meet up. we are reaching them where they are, helping them understand what is at stake and adding their voices to our movement. i am proud to say that emily's list is now more than 2 million members strong. let's make it 5 million. let's do it. i want to see emily's list expand to the next cycle. i literally mean right now. immediately. there are donor cards at your table and candidates who need to now. we are in the business of winning elections. i have been in that business awhile now. i have opened a lot of envelops from emily's list of donors. i have seen a lot. i have accepted speeches and i have helped make a few republicans give
to the races ever since. hillary clinton. barack obama hoping to make history this day. everyone is seated. everyone is ready for this big moment. as you can see, melia in the background, sasha right behind her. the mother with her new bangs. i want to make sure i am on top of these crucial developments. we are making note of the presidents who are here. george bush senior and his son are not there today. jimmy carter is there today. bill clinton is there today. and, again, joe biden, one of the longest serving senators in the history. he may be making all the moves down to make himself in opposition as well. let's take a peek at what is going on. >> the honorable charles schumer. [ cheering ] >> mr. president, mr. vice president, members of congress, all who are present, and to all who are watching, welcome to the capital and to this celebration of our great democracy. this is the 57th inauguration of an american president. no matter how many times one witnesses this event, its simplicity, its majesty and, most of all, it is meaning. it is sacred and cautious and trusting a power from we
for the eventual last stretch push of barack obama that he, president clinton, adversary one time, south carolina made famous words, which linker there, four years ago, regarding race relations and the rest. it was president clinton who pushed this his candidacy forward. in large part credited for helping him be inaugurated on this day. carl cameron. name was separated by two minutes. apologies. >> reporter: no apology, shep. george her members walker bush and george w. bush. the first president bush suffering from respiratory illness. is now back at home. george w. bush, current predecessor chose to send their regrets. having said that we shouldn't overemphasize or even suggest that partisan gridlock is a negative. our system. in fact the founders were deliberate in their attempt to check power by making sure we had checks and balances. by dividing the powers between our government so that no president could become a dictator. no president could become a monarch. so no member of congress could be left without plenty of colleagues and staffers and oversight from. one thing for sure the very fruit
trabajé con el presidente barack obama y también con el presidente clinton, así que tienen que hacer dos cosas, tener una visión de futuro, pero al mismo tiempo tiene que saber comunicar lo que son las prioridades del país, viendo también desde el punto de vista práctico, cómo concretar lo que tiene que hacer. >>> vamos a ver el instante que el presidente, entre muchos aplausos y alegría, se hace presente en esta plataforma especial que es inaugurada o realizada para llevar a cabo esta juramentación, es interesante esto que dices, arturo de motival al pueblo. >>> ahí lo hace, el recibimiento al presidente barack obama es impresionante, me llama la atención que este país que vivió tantas décadas de exclavitud, racismo, pero ahora no hablamos de la raza del presidente. >>> el país está cambiando, pero el cambio va más allá de eso, por ejemplo la comunidad latina, también el 40% de los inmigrantes no son latinos, son de otras partes del mundo, él representa esto. >>> para finales de este año, en california ,la mayoría es hispana, no será blanca, y ese cambio, en califor
of numbers, you see reagan went up 1% from 62 to 63%. clinton went up four and bush was down 17. obama starts at 49 to 50 or 52%, whatever poll you look at. he starts at the lowest approval rating of any of these presidents including president obama. >> i look at bill clinton's 66%. we sat there scratching our heads. through impeachment and perjury charge, he got disbar and his numbers keep going up. what's going on here? the guy, it was unbelievable. >> he went to mcdonald's and dated lounge singers and people felt he understood them. >> kids if you are at home -- >> i want to pick up on something joe said. i think you can be realist oik or pessimistic, but you can be constructively and look at the openings. i think notably if the president does the thing that republicans want to force to do most find a way to cut spending in a big way that includes medicare and stand up to democrats including those who are looking ahead to 2014 or 2016, but if you can take that on and sort of defame republicans, there is a lot of opportunity whether on immigration or energy policy a
at the lowest approval rating of any of these presidents including president obama. >> i look at bill clinton's 66%. we sat there scratching our heads. through impeachment and perjury charge, he got disbar and his numbers keep going up. what's going on here? the guy, it was unbelievable. >> he went to mcdonald's and dated lounge singers and people felt he understood them. >> kids, if you are at home -- >> i want to pick up on something joe said. i think you can be realist oik or pessimistic, but you can be constructively and look at the openings. i think notably if the president does the thing that republicans want to force to do most, find a way to cut spending in a big way that includes medicare and stand up to democrats including those who are looking ahead to 2014 or 2016, but if you can take that on and sort of defame republicans, there is a lot of opportunity whether on immigration or energy policy and what made big strides to be a lot of accomplishment and the role in the world where he is going to have to face a lot and has the potential to have lot of good will on how he handled thes
-election for barack obama. >> former president carter and clinton in attendance today. first president bush was recently hospitalized and has been let out of the hospital and is home recovering. he won't be there today. neither with the second bush. no reason for his absence today, but we surmise that has to do right for being with his dad. >> i love to see the flags. in fact, i think there's -- i don't remember that many flags four years ago. somebody's handing them out. >> do you think? >> we talked a lot about whether or not the election and now re-election of president obama means something beyond the symbol for african-americans, whether there's something substantively important, but it is certainly when you see interracial crowds waving the flag in that way, it does feel like there's something important. >> people are in a good mood this morning walking over here to our broadcast facility, to the museum, it was fun. people were smiling, it was early, it was a beautiful sunrise here in washington, d.c. this morning. it was -- so many people were taking pictures of the capitol as the su
barack obama no está tan mal. >>> es bonito también ver a hillary clinton, porque como ustedes saben que ella le ecnontraron un coágulo, después de una caída que tuvo en una gira por asia, y ahora está bajo tratamiento, es impresionante verla y ver al ex presidente bill clinton que todos lo recuerdan que es el único en mucho tiempo que dejó la economía de estados unidos con un superhábit. >>> también es interesante ver la explanada nacional, los que no tienen un boleto para poder ver la toma de posesión, también la primera dama y el presidente pasaron el sábado ofreciendo su servicio a otros, de manera voluntaria ayudando a otros, también a personas que fueron parte de la celebración, porque es una celebración en honor de marthin luther king, donde también estuvo la hija del ex presidente clinton, que dicen que podría tener una carrera política, hablamos de chelsea clinton. >>> también el ex presidente jimmy carter, que estuvo solo 1 mandato en la casa blanca, y luego perdió la elección, pero esto es una fiesta de tour todo estados unidos, no solamente de los demócr
. >> she's talking to the big obama donors. secretary clinton just got through some -- talk about stress. that is one political figure who knows stress. >> jennifer: interesting. yesterday at emily's list, they had a big gathering in washington where all of the women who they helped to elect like elizabeth warren and tammy baldwin and claire mccaskill, everybody was there. there was a video there where all of the women were saying and next, a woman president. talking about how excited they would be for hillary. there are so many women across the country who are crossing their fingers hoping that she gets the rest that she needs so that she can gear up. i'm glad to hear that bill clinton is talking about it. >> john: maybe senator elizabeth warren for 2016. >> jennifer: you never know. check it out. look at that! fabulous. oh, my goodness. that looks awesome. >> john: it seems fair to say, this may be a bit more enthusiasm than the swearing in of president romney, would you say? >> i read today, romney's not there. i guess he's the first since dukakis who lost and wasn't at the inaugurati
the internet. early on obama trailed senator hillary clinton by large margins in national polls, and struggled against doubts and criticism. >> early on, supporting senator obama was a somewhat lonely position within the democratic caucus. it was a lonely position within the congressional black caucus. it will probably shock our children, uh and future scholars that the congressional black caucus lagged in support for the first black president of the united states. >> but obama believed that america was ready to support him, as the embodiment of a message of hope, unity, and change. especially young people, of all races and backgrounds, who were his most enthusiastic supporters from the beginning. >> thank you! what up? what up? what's been so inspiring is not just the size of the crowds, but it's something elijah referred to, it's the makeup of the crowds! because it's people from all walks of life! you've got candidates who say, well, i know how to "play the game" in washington better! but i've got to explain to them, i'm running because i'm going to put an end to the game playing! because t
have military service, almost all of them. really come up to the age of clinton and obama when you don't and you have people, not just generals like andrew jackson, yam henry harrison, but most of those presidents after the civil war had -- were generals in the civil war. then presidents like john f. kennedy made the pt-109 his calling card, colonel roosevelt and rough riders. the president's connection to the military is always very important. even get it down that if you weren't in the military somebody like barack obama practicing how to salute properly. ronald reagan said you had to know how to do that. >> schieffer: neither stand kate for major party had military service. >> that's right. this is the vietnam war generation, post vietnam in some ways. but keep in mind we're going to still have vietnam battles coming up with chuck hag,l could be very -- change some of the harmony on the debt. >> pelley: we see the president coming in under the great dome of the capitol to pay his respects to the bust of martin luther king, junior. >> pelley: the president with the speaker of the
was historically consequential in a way that bill clinton was not. and what obama meant is that obama had changed the ideological course of the country. in 1981 in his inaugural address within two minutes, reagan had declared that government is not the solution, government is the problem. today's inaugural address was a rebuke to that entire idea. this speech today was an ode to big government. it was a hymn to big government. in his refrain, the three "we the people"'s, number one i'm going to defend what liberalism acheered, medicare, social security, medicaid. i'm not going to let any of that be chipped away and secondly, he said the vision for the future, climate change and green energy, the new expansion of liberalism in the new century and then the third element was his expansion of civil rights, where he talked about immigrants and gays and shoe-horned to gun rights under the rubric of security. he outlined the liberal agenda, the big government agenda in the future. and brit talked earlier, remarkably there's absence of any mention of the economy, the deficits, what outsiders would say is
more closely than anybody today, because i really believe that to the extent the obamas in some respects are mirroring the clintons, i think her next move may be to move for the senate in illinois in 2016. >> some people have said that -- >> i would bet a lot of money that that will never happen. >> you will? >> is that right? >> i was just in chicago. a lot of people are betting on it. mark kirk will be up, and he was a great senator, but he's had a stroke. >> he's had a stroke and was incapacitated and just returned as they swore in the new senate three weeks ago and walked up the steps in a show -- >> full disclosure, i didn't think hillary clinton was going to run for the senate either. >> i think there will be a lot of pressure on her to be a logical choice. >> let's return to talking investing in the investing climate. the president's first term marked by major gains in the stock market. i think his was the third best first term performance for the industrials, second only following franklin roosevelt. but second terms don't generally turn out as well both politically and
the internet. >> i, william jefferson clinton. >> reporter: and president obama with the first lady by his side again after already making history four years ago in front of nearly 2 million spectators. david muir, abc news, washington. >> he'll be the first democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. only five other presidents have done that in all u.s. history. i love the trivia behind inauguration. it's interesting to go back in the file that day. fascinating day for the obamas and for the country. so keep it here on abc news throughout this very big day. we'll be back. ev...direction for my life..... ...through my accomplishments... ...and now, with help... ...and support from my family and others, i own... i own my recovery... ...from addiction and depression. jojoin the voices for recovery. it's worth it. for information on mental and substance use disorder including prevention and treatmenreferral, call 1-800-662-hel brought to you by the u.s. department of health and human services. >>> this morning on "world news now," capitol celebration. washington's b
they thought it would be. host: you have covered three presidents, clinton, bush, and now president obama. people say the political divide between these branches is stronger now than it has been in years. you agree or disagree? guest: i absolutely agree. host: why/ guest: i think it is a building that has been taking place frankly since the past couple administrations. it was the war in iraq. for the republicans, the government spending. it is also the election system and the way we run our primaries. we have a more ideological- purified house of representatives than we have had in a very long time. that is because some people would argue redistricting, as well, which in the past election both parties to it. in the states where democrats are not in control they redraw the districts to make the majority democrats. the republican side as well. this is the first time republicans have controlled this many statehouses since 1926. they really shored up -- the goal was to not pick up extra seats, but to shore up their base. you also have the rising up of the tea party, which is new. that was a r
by his wife, outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. and then the formal entrances. the obama daughters were introduced to the crowd along with their grandmother marion robinson, the first lady's mother. they were followed by jill biden and by mrs. obama. >> ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of the united states, mrs. michelle obama. >> brown: and the vice president. ♪ hail to the chief and the president himself greeted by official music (hail to the chief). and by chants from the crowd. >> obama! brown: then the ceremonies got underway. the former chair of the naacp and widow of the slain civil rights leader delivered the invocation. >> we invoke the prayers of our grandmothers who taught us to pray, "god, make me a blessing." let their spirit guide us as we claim the spirit of old. there's something within me that holds the reins. there's something within me that banishes pain. there's something within me i cannot explain, but all i know, america, there is something within. there is something within. >> brown: perhaps the most rousing moment of the day came from the bro
edition of politics nation. president barack obama's second inauguration. stay with us. >> i know that former president carter, president clinton, they understand the irony of the presidential office which is the longer you're there, the more humble you become. officemax can help you drive supply costs down... and down. use your maxperks card and get a 10-ream case of officemax multiuse paper for just 4.99 after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big deals now... at officemax. [ coughs ] [ baby crying ] ♪ [ male announcer ] robitussin® liquid formula soothes your throat on contact and the active ingredient relieves your cough. robitussin®. don't suffer the coughequences™. >>> finally, tonight, the cross roads of history. today's inauguration comes 150 years after the emancipation proclamation. 50 years after the march on washington. and on the very day dedicated to the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr. we could feel that history today when the president took the oath of office with his hand on the bibles that belong to president lincoln and dr. king. after the inaugural
opinion. >> clinton one of the big local stories about surrounding inauguration is president obama has new license plates on his car. what's that about, and why? >> for a long time the group dc vote and various other people have wanted, including mary chay and phil mendelson have wanted as a ceremonial for him to make the taxation without representation plate the idea being a lot of people don't understand what it means. there are a lot of people that come into town, have no idea that there is no congressional representation for the district. this is nothing, if you don't guess, a reminder. i am of the personal opinion that it's pretty difficult to envision a scenario in which dc is going to get representation any time soon if the city has to go through these kind of obertures just to get the tags on a limo changed. they went through quite a bit between having sit-down meetings with the office of interior, between actually getting the plates made and delivering them to the president. i mean it was a lot. there is some symbolic value to this but i feel like i
and concise. george w. bush did this. the headline was freedom agenda. from clinton, bridge to the 21st century. we'll see what president obama's headline will be, make it tight and concise so it's memorable. >> recovery is in low gear. we have a lot of big question marks, many centered in middle east and north africa. not all of them. expectations, high, low, we don't know? >> after the last two years, keeping the government open would seem an accomplishment. expectations pretty low. the president i think does have some opportunity here. closely divided country and government. but a democratic party that has won the popular vote five out of six times. a consistent and cohive coaliti coalition. and we may have an opportunity to create fissures and get things done. >> you can see i'll be watching for today, a great irony, and obama, ever since the 2004 convention speech, has been presenting himself as the person who can bring people together. that will not be his lasting achievement. it will be legislation, it will be his agenda, and i'll be interested to hear what he has to say about th
to be a politician. sort of like bill clinton or even chuck schumer. these are people who really live off this sort of interaction with crowds. barack obama is a little different kind of character. he is a more reserved, more cerebral kind of person. >> looks like they'll get back in the limb yoo for the final d into the white house. >> it's worth looking at that door to that limo. look at how thick that door is. that's not a honda. >> that's not your typical cadill cadillac. it's not something you just go and say, i'll take one of those. >> with a different paint job. >> yeah, give me the -- >> he really -- i mean, he does not even look like he wants to get back in. gentlemen, i would like to tell you, you might want to turn around, because the vice president and dr. biden are about to approach us and pass us. >> let's see if we can do it again. let's see if joe biden or -- will recognize and will say -- i'm going to have to stand up. once i stand up, all my wires here they sort of fall apart. >> they are very excited to see him. >> let's see -- hey, i'm waving. >> you're watching. >> mr. vice pre
with the economy melting down and the lowest approval ratings practically in history for a president. bill clinton was impeached. richard nixon resigned his office. >> reporter: american university historian dr. allan lichtman says president obama must use the power of the people to sway congress and it appears that will be part of the inaugural address. >> he's going to talk about our political system doesn't require to us resolve all our disputes or political difference, but it does require us to seek chop ground when it can and should exist. -- common ground when it can and should exist. he's going to make that point very strongly. >> reporter: a new public opinion group will be made for public action. >> we want to make that there is people out there pushing for action. >> reporter: tax reform, entitlement, jobs and spending among the top issues for americans. gun control, climate change and international affairs are also on the agenda. you really don't have four years now. it will start to slip away very quickly. you've got to set some priorities because the president's time, the secretary
'spation proclamation. you can see bill and hillary clinton on the podium. there are also people there celebrating the election of the first african-american president. president obama is only the 16th sitting chief executive to be returned to office. he is the first president since dwight eisenhower to win two consecutive elections with more than 51% of the popular vote. he won for the 372 electoral votes to mitt romney's 206 and spent part of the morning at the white house having coffee with bipartisan leadership. >> this is the second time the president had his inauguration on the celebration of martin luther king, jr. and it's actually a ceremonial event. the 20th amendment to the constitution mandates that newly elected mandates take place on january 20th and several times that happened on the sunday. and followed by the pomp and pageantry on the following monday. >> both president obama and vice president biden took their official oaths of office why yesterday. >> i barack hussein obama swear -- >> supreme court justice john roberts swore in the first family. justice sotomayor did the honor
the obamas, the presidential guests, which could include cabinet members, close friends, maybe also big donors as well. former presidents jimmy carter, bill clinton, neither of the bushes coming. george h.w. bush still recovering from illness. you can see them setting up. putting name tags on the chairs. so everyone knows where to sit and laying out the official inauguration ceremony program. a lovely, lovely piece of paper right here. we got one ourselves. lays out the ceremonies that will be happening today in about six hours from now. zoraida. >> all right. thank you very much, john. president obama better get all of his partying done tonight. his second term is in full effect already and that means the potential for great achievements, but if history is any indicator, the second term is where things can get messy. it's not like he wasn't warned. >> i'm more than familiar with the literature about presidential overreach in second terms. >> president barack obama's victory dance is about to become a dance against destiny. >> if we look back, some really great examples of really big th
in their second term, reagan and iran contra and clinton and monica lewinsky and bush with katrina and the financial melt down, has president obama thought about this and how does he hope to avoid what most people seem to think is the single biggest problems the second term, which is variously described as hubris and presidential overreach? >> we have a history and, if you look at ronald reagan he accomplished tax reform in the second term and president clinton made progress towards the balanced budget. there was good second-term accomplishment. it is not like we're roaming around the white house looking for things to do. we have immigration, gun safety, measures to help the economy and energy and we have a stack agenda here. there is urgency in the country for us to address this. we'll bring the same energy and focus he did to the second term. obviously, other administrations got, you know, in trouble with scandals. we avoided that and hope to continue that. but, those issues and others, education reform, there is just no shortage of things we can do to help the american middle cl
. and that's become very important. >> we saw president bill clinton walk into the capitol right there. what a relationship, what a ride that has been, between him and president obama, started out four years ago. difficult relationship. the president, of course, his wife, hillary clinton. they have grown so close over the last four years. perhaps, one of the most significant political moments in the last campaign, when bill clinton gave that speech at the democratic convention. >> we're told that the president called. >> first phone call. >> right after the election, knew what he had done. as we watch the procession into the platform, i want to bring in nicolle wallace, of course preside republican presidencies and the campaign. before we leave the topic of the clothes the first lady has to wear, sometimes at her peril, how much stress does that create in their lives? >> well, i think presidents usually defer to their wives, the smart presidents do, for the selection of the inaugural tie and what not. i think on a day like this, there's so much buildup that the white house staff and the pres
reagan with the iran-contra scandal. bill clinton had monica lewinski. george bush, katrina. they seem to get unsettled and unraveled by a big event, often beyond their control. barack obama, we don't know what it may be. may be nothing but what he does have, he has at least a green chute to a better economy. he didn't have that four years ago. inherited one of the worst financial messes you could imagine. is that a significant help to him? >> think of second term dwight eisenhower. dealt with the little rock kri sis. nasa. a treaty with 12 countries to demilitarize antarctica. all second term. bill clinton, what he have been without a second term? not a big budget surplus and ronald reagan, i think iran-contra is overblown and historic gorbachev diplomacy and margaret thatcher said reagan ended the cold war without a single shot and the spth feeling good about the second term. he doesn't have the curse mentality. >> what are the priorities, what would you like to see the president focus on? they say in the second term you get a maximum of about 18 months to really shove through the ag
through legislation. i think we have a clear indication from president obama today that he is not interested in any changes in the entitlement program, i think that, this is a vivid contrast to president clinton for 16 years ago entering his second term was interested in that an engaged in serious negotiations which have at least some consequences. president obama's ruling that out. tracy: we don't see him moving to center at all on any of this, so what does this mean? missy kuester, all that stuff coming up, we're kind of sol at this point. >> i think we will hear more name-calling from the president as he has done in the past, thinking the only people who are called names are people on his side which is not true. i reminded him franklin roosevelt's term. they did not dwell on it, but come up with that was the time of sluggish growth when the government was tilting toward private sector unions. at a time when you had a significant recession and weak government, heavy regulations, higher taxes, what got us out of that economic doldrums is something called world war ii. we a
sworn in on martin luther king day. the first time was the second swearing in of president bill clinton, and this year as we go into the 50th anniversary of the march on washington we will officially, well ceremonial lee nicaragua rate our president barack obama. >> you see the motorcade making its way up. the president will go to the capitol. over the next hour we will get to the place where the first family and vice president biden and his family will be escorted up to the west side of the u.s. capitol, and the west front, and we will have the ceremonial swearing in. of course you have the motorcade, and look at awful the people in the mall waving flags as the president rolls by. you can see the crowd here, they are significantly less than four years ago, but still it's a big shot as you look across the mall. a lot of people, hundreds of thousands of people. we don't have an official estimate yet. but there are a lot of folks here, probably about a third they say of what the people here four years ago as the presidential motorcade arrives there into the entrance of the u.s. kaptd toll
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